Book of hours : use of Rome, [ca. 1450].

Catholic Church [Browse]
Manuscript, Book
  • French
  • Latin
1 v. (98 leaves) : parchment, ill.


Rare books genre
Getty AAT genre
[ca. 1450].
Summary note
Ms. book of hours for use of Rome, written and illuminated in France, probably for a woman in Lyons, or Duchy of Savoy in the mid 15th century.
  • Decoration: 11 three-quarter page, arched miniatures for "0bsecro te" (f. 19r), canonical hours (Compline lacking) of Hours of the Virgin (ff. 23r, 39r, 49r, 53r, 57r, 61r, 65r), Matins of the Short Hours of the Cross and the Short Hours of the Holy Spirit (ff. 76r, 79v), and Penitential psalm 6 (f. 84r). 10 historiated initials, four of 7 lines for Gospels Sequences (ff. 14r, 15r, 16r, 17r), and six of 4 lines for Penitential Psalms except psalm 6 (ff. 85r, 86r, 88r, 89v, 91v, 92r). 24 calendar illustrations of Labors of Months and Zodiac Signs in medallions (ff. 2r-13v). 4-line decorated initial, ornamented with foliage on gold grounds, for Obsecro te (f. 19r), canonical hours (Compline lacking) of the Hours of the Virgin (ff. 23r, 39r, 49r, 53r, 57r, 61r, 65r), Matins of the Short Hours of the Cross and of the Short Hours of the Holy Spirit (ff. 76, 79v), and Penitential psalm 6 (f. 84r). 2-line blue or pink initials with foliate infillings, all on gold grounds, for psalms, hymns, lessons, chapters, canticles, and collects. 2-line champide initial of KLs of calendar. 1-line champide initials for versals. Outer borders of foliate patterns, usually identical in pairs, on folios of calendar, text, and blank pages. Line-endings in rectangles of pink and blue with white and gold geometric patterns and with gold balls, in texts colors of royal blue, carmine red, rose pink, emerald green and chalky green.
  • Layout: Parchment; single column of 19 lines, ruled 8mm. apart; 235 x 165 (123/128 x 80) mm.
Binding note
Early 18th century, French red morocco binding with gold-stamped dentelle pattern and with gauffered edges.
Language note
Latin and French
Damascene Morgand, Paris bookseller, c. 1890, penciled note on verso of f. i, "23888," and "97 feuillets y campris les 2 blancs, 11 grandes minitatures, 34 petites, fin 14eme siecle." Modern penciled note on recto of f. i, "29 petites miniatures, onze grandes, 96 ff." Later acquired by Robert Garrett (1875-1961), Class of 1897, of Baltimore Maryland, deposit no. 1455 and bookplate on verso of f. 1.
Source acquisition
Gift of Robert Garrett, 1942.
Publications about
  • Edmunds, Sheila. "Catalogue des manuscrits savoyards" in Les Manuscrits enluminés des comtes et ducs de Savoie, ed. Agostino Paravicini Bagliani (Turin: 1990), p. 218.
  • The Hague, Rijksmuseum Meermanno-Westreenianum, Liturgische Handschriften uit de Koninlijke Bibliotheek; Middeleeuwsw Manuscripten voor Religieus Gebruik. Tentoonstelling in het Rijksmuseum Meermanno-Westreenianum/Museum van het Boek, 6 October 1983- 14 January 1984 (The Hague: 1983), pp. 35-36 (no. 65), 43.
  • Northrup, Anne Dawson. "A Study of Garrett 54." Unpublished Senior Thesis, Princeton University, 1974.
  • De Ricci, v. 1, p. 873
  • Green, p. 187, (no. 12)
  • Neuenschwander, pp. 1, 3, (no. 2); pl. II. (f. 19)
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Garrett MS. 54, Manuscripts Division, Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, Princeton University Library.
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